For the past few years I've shared a large multi-tasking media suite with another co-worker.We had 5 computer systems (3 MACs & 2 PCs), a scanner, a color printer, dvd duplicator, and media library, etc.This is where videos for all kinds of purposes were edited, graphic art created, electronic signage programmed, scripts written, ideas tossed around...and sometimes out. Lots of stuff happens here! This co-worker happens to be my son. (Notice the divided decor of this space? One of us collects Transformers. The other likes crowns). We made it work for a pretty good length of time, but you know... really, who wants their mom in the same room every day? Right, that's what I thought. So recently, due to some staff changes - very good ones, I might add :) - an office opened up and The Great Office Shuffle of 2011 began. Ten offices, with all the accompanying accoutrements, were either moved, re-arranged, re-painted, re-floored, re-decorated and generally cleaned up and re-organized. It was a sight to behold. And here is my new home away from home! I really wish I had taken "before" photos. This was the worst office in the complex. It was like a basement. The unwanted ugly step-sister. Dark, dank, smelly, and very depressing. Nobody wanted this room. Neither did I! But as Mick says, "you can't always get what you want.." My fabulous husband took time from his crazy schedule & ripped out the musty carpet, pulled up a section of worn out parquet (yes, both on the same floor; oh my - that was a day that tried his patience) and put down a laminate floor for me. Then he helped me paint, put up the glass shelves, and installed a new bi-fold door for the closet (the previous occupants had removed the old one, and the next person covered the gaping hole with curtains, thus upping the heebee-jeebee factor.)What's been fun about this big shuffle has been the re-purposing of everything. Desks, tables, lamps, chairs have found new homes & fresh usage. I even changed up the look of my crowns by painting a canvas & attaching them to it. These chairs were in storage & the little table was a cast-off from another room. I got the glass shelves from another co-worker who didn't want them in his "new" space. Everyone put their own money and sweat equity into their workspace. My beautiful afghan hound pictures, by artist Violet Skiles, are the first thing a visitor sees when they come in the door. I think they look great against this paint color. It's called "Heather Plume." I did an accent wall in a darker color called "Tibetan Temple." The colors don't quite get their due in these photos. Trust me, they're beautiful.Some items on my shelves. The teapot is "Big Ben" given to me by a previous supervisor, from her trip to England. Of course, a little crown. Next to that is a real alabaster jar. Some time I will have to tell you about that.I couldn't get a good shot of this rhinestone crown. It's a keychain, a gift from a friend who knows me well! I'm grateful to work for a company that allows us to decorate our workspace as we like. I think it's important for people to surround themselves with things that make them feel good and encourage their creativity.
This new room is so tranquil, I don't think I need my Zen garden anymore. But I still keep it on my desk because other people enjoy the soothing doodling in the sand.
Let's see, how does the rest of that song go? Oh yeah! "But if you try sometimes you just might find - you get what you need!"